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Morning Brew: March 5th, 2008


Photo: "DSC05947" by blogTO Flickr pooler smuncky.

Your morning news roundup for Wednesday, March 5th, 2008:

If you haven't looked out your window just yet today, I just wanted to let you know that your morning commute won't be pretty: a bunch of snow and freezing rain came down overnight, making Toronto roads a mess.

Even with the snow and ice, a good number of Torontonians will be driving into work this morning. A recent census shows that 71.1 per cent of Toronto commuters still use a car to get to work (either driving or as a passenger).

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Crazy weather and snow isn't the only thing causing problems for pilots flying in to Toronto's Pearson Airport: many pilots have been complaining of laser pointers from the ground causing disruptions when they are pointed at planes.

Winter storms aren't fun for commuters, but they're even worse for our city's homeless. Members of OCAP took over yesterday's city council meeting in order to demand more shelter beds for the homeless.

March Break is just around the corner and winter is still hanging around with us, so it makes sense that some city councillors are suggesting that city ice rinks remain open until the end of the break this month.

City councillors have been keeping busy: they also unanimously voted to move the city's 4,700-strong fleet of vehicles to green fuels earlier this week as part of an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change.

Remember that Kanye West skit where the kid bemoans the fact that his dad did nothing all his life but go to school and get degrees? Well, it may not be far from the truth: more young Canadians are getting university degrees than their parents these days. Still no word on whether accumulating degrees leads to increased attractiveness.

Word of advice: if you're playing basketball with friends and things aren't going your way, don't lose your temper and threaten to kill anyone. (Especially if you're carrying a gun.) It could land you in jail.


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